Surge Summary: Republican congressmen are looking into concerns that Democratic lawmakers have secretly visited Mexico to assist illegal immigrants on how to deal with Border Patrol agents or Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers.
The GOP members of the House of Representatives Oversight Committee last week officially requested their far-left Democratic opponents to give them more substantial information regarding number of trips taken by lawmakers to Mexico while their staffers were touring border detention facilities, according to a police organization representing commanding officers at the federal, state and local levels.
There have been random reports that at least one Democratic lawmaker has been meeting with immigrants from Central America traveling through Mexico to teach them how to deal with Border Patrol agents or Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers and how they can manipulate and exploit U.S. immigration law, according to a member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police.
In a letter sent to Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, wrote that there were several trips into Mexico by Democratic staffers in August. In fact, one of those trips required Border Patrol agents to “babysit” the lawmakers until they were back on U.S. soil.
“This situation is almost comical, since these same politicians often denigrate Border guards and ICE agents as being ‘Gestapo’ or running concentration camps. But here they are, the holier-than-thou Democrats depending on those law enforcement officers for protection,” said Charlton Chambers, a former federal agent and city police officer.
“Although you have the authority to direct Committee staff to travel internationally on official committee business, you have not explained why you authorized this travel into Mexico or what you sought to learn through these trips,” Jordan wrote. “Republicans were not notified of the trips [to meet with caravans of immigrants],” Jordan stated.
Jordan also accuses the Democrats of seeking “to delegitimize the administration’s border security efforts and vilify the men and women who protect our border.” He also said, “GOP members are concerned the trips could continue to result in misleading information about the administration’s border security efforts.”
Besides the political activists, the U.S. news outlets report what Democrats “feed them” without verification. For example, the Democratic Party’s rising star, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, told news reporters that the immigrants detained were made to drink water from toilets. However, investigation showed no such incidents occurred.
Jordan also stated that Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-Texas, was in attendance on one trip to Tijuana on Aug. 21. Escobar, who is not on the Oversight Committee, has been a vocal advocate of left-wing policies on illegal immigration.
A staff member from Rep. Escobar’s office recently instructed migrants in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on how to circumvent federal immigration law. For example, help border crossers to pretend they can’t speak Spanish to exploit a loophole that would let them enter the U.S.
The Department of Homeland Security has prevented congressional staffers from the House Oversight Committee from visiting additional migrant detention facilities along the southern border after allegedly making troubling discoveries in recent weeks at other detention centers, according to a letter sent to DHS Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan on Thursday.
Detainees at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities, Cummings said, allegedly told staffers there was rotten food and inadequate access to medical care, a “voluntary work program” that afforded migrants with less than $2 per day for household work and that some detainees had been held for more than one year.
“Household work? Do you know how much money I make cleaning and maintaining my household? Zero! So I guess Democrats believe illegal aliens shouldn’t have to clean their own living quarters,” said former prosecuting attorney Stanley Rauche.
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